Tag Archives: Creativity

Boston Dynamics: The Future Of Robots

Boston Dynamics is an American engineering and robotics design company founded in 1992 and headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group.
Boston Dynamics is best known for the development of BigDog, a quadruped robot designed for the U.S. military with funding from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and DI-Guy, software for realistic human simulation

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Magazine Cover Creation

Have you ever wonder how a magazine cover is made? How much time and effort it needs? Peter Belanger, a well known San Francisco based product photographer (Apple, Square, Nike, Pixar are some of his clients), showing us this process through this video. The canvas is an old Macworld cover from the days that iPhone 3GS was the top of the line Apple phone but the process remains same even now that the mobile tech industry had changed a lot

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Passion for Engineering

I am an electronics engineer and I love it! I am designing embedded architectures, algorithms and systems. But I am not stopping there. I am fascinated from all kinds of engineering. From aerospace and manufacturing engineering to vehicle and structural. If you combine those with beautiful design, passion for perfection and of course craftsmanship then you get a mixture that drives me! Look for example the above photo (and the others as well). It is the front part of a Pagani super car engine bay. It doesn’t matter which one. It only matters the engineering perfection and thinking behind it. The CNC machined engine covers together with the carbon fiber and other composite materials. The mathematics of power ratios, friction and consumption. The color of the torx bolts together with the precise hand assembly.
Somehow those photos describe me as person even if my original passion is not the vehicle manufacturing and design. Maybe it is originated at my childhood, playing with screw drivers and tearing down toys in order to figure out how they operate. Somehow if I have to paste a link to a picture that best describes me (but it is not me at that frame) then possibly it will be a combination of all the shots posted here together high class electronics and wiring all around. Maybe the background will have a bench with tools, oscilloscopes and logic analyzers. Maybe a stereo-microscope as well, close together with a soldering iron for hand assembly of delicate prototypes.

Of course, if you are lucky enough to have a car like this probably the first thing that you will do is to open the door, get inside and drive for hours! Feel the engine power, the speed and acceleration. But I will not do the same. I will open the hood and look inside. Enjoy the picture for the moment and then feel with my hand the surface of the different materials. Then my other part of the brain will start. It will try to understand why they fit this bolt here and not there. Why this metal part is triggering this elastic tube. Why they fit electronic management at the suspensions but not at the powertrain. And it is not something that I am doing with specific steps. Every time is a different path. Somehow my brain automatically rearranges everything at the background. Yes, I like to get my hands dirty. Yes, I am an engineer and I love it!


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Slot car racing

Have you ever played slot car racing? If not then you should tried one day. It reminds me my childhood and the day I’ve received a black circular track with two cars for Christmas. But this one is not so simple. Is an iPad controlled slot car race track made to give the experience of driving through the screen. Audi asked Slot Mods to bring this concept to reality and they did it with remarkably success! In the video, the Slot Mods team talk about the challenges they faced making the track for Audi, like cramming a video cam into a slot car, the little details at the cars and the surrounding nature and the complications of controlling it with an iPad. It’s 15 minutes long but defiantly worth to watch it…

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Where bright ideas are born

Well… in general I am writing a few words for every one of the post that I am submitting here. Sometimes those are born from the mood of the moment while others are a summary of case studies oriented to the topic of the post. But what I should write about the above picture? Maybe nothing, maybe that this is from CERN or probably the sentence that came together with this blackboard: “The images in this series do not purport to be documents holding an objective truth. Rather, they’re meditations on our very human instinct to pin down specific facts”. So, what do you think? What it will be the correct text for this topic?

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